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pink_killer
07-22-2004, 07:24 PM
Er..okay. I'm a little embarassed to speak about this but I think it's the only way to probably get good advice and suggestions on what to do. This is a skin care topic, sorta. Ever since like a couple years ago I've been loosing and gaining weight and finally I've been on a good decent diet and got down to a lovely weight size..yet, there's one tiny little problem.

I have these stretch marks on my shoulders and arms and even on the back of my legs..I haven't worn a tank top nor shorts for years and I haven't worn a bathing suit nor anything that barely ever reveals skin because of it. I've bought Palmer's coco butter formula and have been putting it on morning and night, massaging it in my skin and I started from the beginning of this year.

Problem - no results. They're still there and it really is beginning to bother me extremely. I'm wondering if there's actually something that can make them go away, or if they won't -ever- go away and I'll be stuck covering myself like always.

Someone, anyone, help!

Sarcasm-hime
07-22-2004, 07:37 PM
This won't make them go away, but you can cover them with Dermablend makeup. It's available at many department stores and is designed for covering scars, tattoos etc.

Hikari-chan
07-22-2004, 08:11 PM
Read this thread here:

http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=36472&page=1&pp=15

Of particular interest are archangeli's post on page 1 and Elf's post on page 2. The thread is mainly about scar coverage/treatment, but Elf also mentions a product that works on stretch marks. I have some extensive surgical scars myself, keep on meaning to check some of these products out. So here's a belated "thank you!" to Elf for the info. ^_^

Other than that, all I can recommend is to see a dermatologist and get a professional opinion. Hope this helps. :)

pink_killer
07-22-2004, 08:22 PM
It's helpful but it's not that I want to cover them up. I mean I obviously can't wear makeup when I'm going in a swimming pool. It's more along the lines that I want them to go away. >.o

If covering it up was the case then I already understand the concept of covering up..and boy I do - -'

Edited: Okay, so apparently you can wear makeup in the swimming pool, but I wouldn't want to do that ._.

China-Lilly
07-22-2004, 08:43 PM
I have the same problem. Well, it might be a bit depressing to hear but short of laser surgery, I don't think you can make stretch marks totally disappear. All you can do is fade them over time, and they will fade - products like Palmer's can assist this, but it's not a cure that makes them just go away.

Koiji
07-23-2004, 12:02 AM
Guys get/have stretchmarks too. Though I don't think they care about them as much. :dance:

aaobuttons
07-23-2004, 02:34 AM
After having my son 4 years ago I got a large amount of brownish/purpleish shiny stretch marks all over my stomach, thighs, calfs, chest, and underarms due to gaining 70 lbs during my pregnancy. My doctors told me there wasn't much that could be done for stretch marks. Scars, yes, because of the tissue type, but stretch marks were a different type of scar tissue. The first year after that I was pretty self concious about my looks, I hadn't lost all the weight yet and I became a jeans T-shirt girl so that all my marks would be covered. Slowly the marks faded and are no longer on my calves of lower thighs, and they have lightened in color everywhere else and shrank somewhat. I learned along the way though, that I noticed my marks alot more then everybody else. Everybody has their own body imperfections and are always more worried about theirs than what yours are. I've augmented my wardrobe to allow for fashion but still (at least mostly) cover up my marks. Instead of Tanktops, I wear quarter sleve shirts. If you look closely you can see the stretch marks on the underside of the arms but nobody looks! I don't wear shirts that show my belly, but I never did before anyways. And I wear shorts now too. I wear the 5 or 6 inch inseam ones that cover up the larger ones on my thighs. I'll still wear miniskirts though! I just put on some bright colored tights like pink or blue or purple and hit the town. As for swimsuits, I wear the boy shorts and don't worry about the rest. Hey your friends at the pool will probably only notice how great you look since you've lost weight and they won't notice some stretchmarks on your arms. And just think of them as battle scars anyways, You fought a war with your body and won, be proud of your accomplishments and don't worry about the little stuff!

pink_killer
07-23-2004, 03:26 PM
aaobuttons: I suppose that's one way to look at it "battle scars" and it's not like that I used to go around showing my body - I wasn't that type of girl. The only reason I did was wearing a tank top during the summer but I wouldn't wear it anymore anyway.

The parts that I really worry about are my shoulders and and behind my knees since there are costumes with revealing that and I just don't want to be embarassed by seeing those ugly little lines-indentations there, killing the look. I suppose I can try this Dermablend Sarcasim-hime suggested for that purpose.

I guess it was kinda depressing that they won't go away but I guess that makes it more the reason of "learning to live" with them. And for bathing suit purposes, I guess I could wear shorts on top of a bathing suit..and a T-shirt on top.

WolfwoodSC
07-23-2004, 04:04 PM
i have the same problem they were on my arms and waist when ever i wore a bathing suit they would pop up from my suitand then they were on my forearms it may seem imbrassing, but just dont worry about them, most of the time people dont notice them and if they do they wont say nething. There is luck as u get older they start to fade away u can still feel where they were but u cant see them.

Chibi Plush Toy
07-23-2004, 08:13 PM
Hmmm...I heard Vitamin K stuff works on stretch marks

Ami Yuy
07-23-2004, 08:39 PM
My boyfriend has some random stretch marks on his back and even the doctor has no idea what they're from (he's always been a skinny boy ^^;; ). One reason he hates to go to the beach is because he doesn't want to not wear a shirt and have people ask about them. But honestly, I probably would have never noticed them if he hadn't shown them to me.

Don't worry about it! *hugs* I like how aaobuttons put it and I agree. People most likely will never notice unless you mention it first, and if they do, well just tell them that you found a diet that worked wonders for you! Make it a sucess story!

Congratulations and good luck!

Hinata
07-24-2004, 08:20 PM
I used to have REALLY bad dark red stretch marks all over my stomach and lower back, as well as silver/white ones on my thighs and upper arms. I used the program from http://stretchmarkcure.com/ and totally reccomend it. I thought it was total hoax at first, but since it wasn't that expensive, I decided to try it out, and worked way better than all the stretch mark creams I've ever boughten. My dark red ones have dissapeared, and the light ones have faded so much, I can't even tell they were there.. and no, I don't work for that company, haha. I just wanted to reccomend it, and the woman who created the program is very nice. ^^;;

pink_killer
07-24-2004, 08:51 PM
I guess I don't have anything to lose really in trying it, but from the people in this thread, they gave me a little bit more confidence. But I'll try it since it's not that expensive.

aaobuttons
07-24-2004, 08:56 PM
Hmm, I looked at the site and all I can say is I do regular exfoliation and lotions on my body almost everyday and I still have marks. *shrugs* Hey if its a miracle cure and it works, then great! Let us know how it does.

pink_killer
07-24-2004, 09:12 PM
Well - I should have bought a share in the coco butter company by now, so, I think I could waste another 15 bucks. If it works, hey no harm, but if it doesn't..Oh well.

Edited: Wait wait wait. Hinata - 15 is just for the ebook? -Knew it didn't sound right in the beginning.- So technically if I pay 15 it's only for the ebook, which I would get in the email and then I'd have to search for these lotions? How do I know that I can find these lotions and such at the drug stores?

betani
07-25-2004, 04:10 AM
mederma (sp?) is supposed to be really good for scar fading, but i personally haven't tried it. i have however tried vitamin E oil (the one that comes in the jar, not in the pills) and it works wonders (for regular scars anyway). there's also a new product out that comes in sheets that you lay over the scar, but i don't know how well it works on stretch marks. hope this helps.

Czygany
07-25-2004, 01:53 PM
hey there I just got back from sephora and found a really helpful sales woman...I asked her about stretch marks and she recommended this product

http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P46503

perhaps something to try...also, with sephora, if you don't like it you can always return it...good luck!

pink_killer
07-25-2004, 02:29 PM
I don't think there's a Sephora here but I can always try CVS and Wal-Mart which I'm gonna stop by tomorrow since I'm bored and need to pick up a few things.

I think I should get a job there for how many times I shop there e.e

mysticalchali
07-28-2004, 10:08 PM
Don't feel bad. I'm a regular size, and I have stretch marks on my hips and a few on my upper thighs. I've had them since I was 13, when my growth spurt occured. Went from 5'4" to 5'6" in a matter of 6 months!!! (let's not talk about other growth spurts either!). Anyway, no one ever said anything to me until recently at comic con, but he didn't eveb have the guts to say it to my face, my friend overheard him. I just laughed because it was obvious he was lonely and pathetic. So if anyone ever does say anything, just ingonre them, they aren't very secure with themselves anyway!

I heard tanning works to hide the color, but I wouldn't reccomend being in the sun because that's bad for you. Try a sunless tanner. I've used neutregena, and it's great. No, I don't work for them, :)

Shinobu
07-28-2004, 10:21 PM
I have stretch marks under my arms and a bit on my hips, stomach, and a little bit on my legs too for the same reason. This thread is helpful...I'm not really bothered by the marks that much at all, but if I ever wanted to get rid of them I should try some of the stuff off this thread

Tsubomi-chan
07-30-2004, 07:21 PM
Today I was in Target and I saw a airbrush-spray cover up for legs. The brand is Sally Hanson and it coes in 3 different colors. I've never tryed it and don't care what people think about my growth-spurt-induced stretch marks, but it seems like a pretty good product.

Tsubomi-chan
07-30-2004, 07:24 PM
I heard tanning works to hide the color, but I wouldn't reccomend being in the sun because that's bad for you. Try a sunless tanner. I've used neutregena, and it's great. No, I don't work for them, :)

My stretch marks actally aren't that appartent now that I'm pale, but it could be since that I got them after my last incredible tan (which was about 4 yrs ago... was a swimmer). So, maybe for some other people it would be better to stay away from tans...